Cowardly Lion

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The Cowardly Lion in the 1939 movie.

The Cowardly Lion is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. He is a lion, but he talks and interacts with humans.

The classic books

The Cowardly Lion makes his first appearance in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He is the last of the companions Dorothy befriends on her way to the Emerald City. The Cowardly Lion joins her so that he can ask The Wizard for courage. Despite his belief that he is a coward, The Cowardly Lion displays great bravery along the way.

In later books, The Cowardly Lion often accompanies Dorothy on her adventures. His favored companion is "The Hungry Tiger".

The 1939 movie

In the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, The Cowardly Lion was played by Bert Lahr. Bert Lahr's biography, written by his son John Lahr, is entitled Notes on a Cowardly Lion.

Modern works

The Cowardly Lion is also a minor character in author Gregory Maguire's revisionist novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and its Broadway musical adaptation Wicked.

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